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Trump relieves U.S. Attorney General of her duties after she defied Immigration Orders

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Donald Trump has sacked his acting Attorney General for defying immigration orders.

Image: Sally Yates

Sally Yates, 56, was relieved of her duties on Monday after she gave counter orders to lawyers at the U.S. Justice Department asking them to disregard Mr. President’s controversial ban on seven Muslim-majority countries.

Yates said her action was motivated by a conviction that the presidential order was wrong. She also claims that her disregard for the laws was “legally defensible.”

About two years ago when the acting attorney-general was answering questions from members of the senate, Jeff Sessions [a lawmaker from Alabama] asked if she would resist the president if he/she takes a wrong decision win office.

Read: U.S.National Team Captain Michael Bradley Attacks President Donald Trump.

During the 24 March 2015 event, Yates assured she would say no to any unlawful presidential orders no matter whose ox is gored.

Here’s a transcript from the exchange:

Sessions: Well, you have to watch out because people will be asking you to do things, you just need to say no about. Do you think the Attorney General has a responsibility to say no to the President if he asks for something that’s improper? A lot of people have defended the Lynch nomination, for example, by saying, ‘Well, he appoints somebody who’s going to execute his views. What’s wrong with that?’ But if the views a President wants to execute are unlawful, should the Attorney General or the Deputy Attorney General say no?

Yates: Senator, I believe that the Attorney General or the Deputy Attorney General has an obligation to follow the law and the Constitution and to give their independent legal advice to the President.

Sessions: Does the Office of Legal Counsel — which makes many of these opinions that impact policy — does it report through the deputy’s office or directly to the Attorney General?

Yates: Well, when you look at the org chart, the Office of Legal Counsel reports to the deputy’s office, but it’s important that the Office of Legal Counsel also be independent because federal agencies across our government regularly come to the Office of Legal Counsel seeking advice and guidance about what is permissible and what isn’t. And it’s critically important that the OLC advice — the Office of Legal Counsel advice — be just that, advice, and that it not be advocacy.

Sessions: Well, that’s true. That’s true. And like any CEO, where the law firm —sometimes the lawyers have to tell the CEO, ‘Mr. CEO, you can’t do that, don’t do that. You’ll get us sued. It’s going to be in violation of the law. You’ll regret it. Please.’ No matter how headstrong they might be, do you feel like that’s the duty of the Attorney General’s office?

Yates: I do believe that that’s the duty of the attorney general’s office — to fairly and impartially evaluate the law and to provide the president and the administration with impartial legal advice.

Her affirmative response was tested and proven on Monday 30 January, 2017.

Read: The UN Refugee Agency Issues A Statement On Donald Trump’s Immigration Ban.

According to media reports, Yates was retained from President Barack Obama’s administration but her alleged treason compelled Trump’s White House to withdraw her responsibilities to the government.

Dana Boente, United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, was approved as the new acting attorney general shortly after Yates’ appointment was terminated.

Boente will hold on to the position until Senator Jeff Sessions is confirmed by the house.

An official statement from the White House says Yates betrayed the Department of Justice by disregarding Trump’s immigration ban. She was also described as a feeble “Obama administration appointee” who was unreliable and very weak on illegal immigration.

The statement from Trump’s office claims the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel approved his executive orders.

However, Yates responded in a one-page letter which she filed to all top lawyers at the Justice Department, saying her action was based on verifying whether the immigration ban was lawfully and properly drafted.

The Atlanta-born lawyer also said her position as an acting Attorney-General permits her to question all unlawful decisions from the government.

She wrote: “My responsibility is to ensure that the position of the Department of Justice is not only legally defensible, but is informed by our best view of what the law is after consideration of all the facts.

“In addition, I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right.” she added.

“At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the Executive Order is consistent with these responsibilities, nor am I convinced that the Executive Order is lawful.

“For as long as I am the Acting Attorney General, the Department of Justice will not present arguments in defense of the Executive Order, unless and until I become convinced that it is appropriate to do so,” said Yates.

Mr. President responded in a Twitter post saying he was forced to retain the lawyer – against his will, due to America’s democratic bureaucracy.

He tweeted: The Democrats are delaying my cabinet picks for purely political reasons. They have nothing going but to obstruct. Now have an Obama A.G.”

Trump’s immigration ban is raising dusts around the world, and even members of his cabinet are divided on the gains or losses.

Read: Donald Trump’s Immigration Ban ‘Raising Dusts’ Around The World.

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1 Comment on Trump relieves U.S. Attorney General of her duties after she defied Immigration Orders

  1. Alysa Longcor // February 1, 2017 at 3:52 AM // Reply

    In just a week of two, president Trump has proven that he will never change as a radical human being. Let’s see what follows. After a year, Americans will find out if they did the right thing voting him to power.

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